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The Seance Spectre

The Lambda Factor Year 2 - Episode 20 Dorzak

Writer Donald James
Director Peter Medak
Guest Stars Ken Hutchison,
Carolyn Seymour
Original Title The Mutiny
Belgium (Flemish) Muiterij Mutiny
Spain La sesión fantasma The ghost session
France/Canada Le spectre The Spectre
Germany Die Meuterei The Mutiny
Italy Tora
Japan Move, Moon! TORA, the Planet of Nostalgia
Portugal Visões Perigosas Dangerous Visions
Portugal O Espectro da Visão The Spectre Of The Vision

A new planet is sighted, but is it habitable? By holding a seance, one of Alpha's crew becomes convinced that it is and tries to force Commander Koenig to evacuate all Alphans onto this new, green land. ITC summary


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Tora, glimpsed briefly in the Eagle window, appeared in the original Year 1 title shot (seen on some prints of Matter of Life And Death).



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"Our oxygen recycling plant is less than five per cent effective". Oxygen is not normally the immediate problem - the build-up of carbon dioxide is. At 2% concentration, carbon dioxide will kill. Oxygen rebreathers (in spacesuits, diving, mountain climbing and firefighting) work primarily by scrubbing the carbon dioxide from the breathed out air.



2012 days after leaving Earth orbit (Thu 17 Mar 2005)

Alpha Personnel:

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1 fatality (Greg Sanderson).

Alpha Technology:

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Eagle 1 (Koenig- 2nd, crashed and damaged); 2 (Koenig- 3rd); 3 (Tony); 4 (Koenig- 1st); 6 (Alan)

Maya transformations:

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Catherine Schell and two child actors (only the right child appeared in the episode)

Plant, child Maya, lizard-head alien.

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Tora (proto-planet)





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Maya says "We'll be swallowed by red dust and toxic gases." (sc 115) Tora is obviously yellow-orange in colour. The script described Tora as red, but the line was not changed at filming.

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Sanderson's spacesuit visor knocks open during the fight.


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The models pictured were scripted to be posing by a stream or an oak, to demonstrate they were nature photos. In the script, Maya turns into one of the models (UK based American model Mary Weston, using the stage name Venicia Day). Tony is irritated when Alan comes on to her. The scene was shot (see pictures) but cut from the completed episode.



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